Toyota Prius – Intelligent Parking Assist
This short industrial video, produced by Toyota Netherlands, demonstrates the Toyota Prius’s "Intelligent Parking Assist" function. Drivers simply pull up in front of a space and the computer takes over, backing into the spot with the kind of precision only an algorithm can provide. The system was first made available in Japan in 2003 with a $2,200 Prius option package. According to CNN, "80 percent of its Prius buyers have opted for Intelligent Parking Assist. This is a country of famously narrow streets and cramped lots where squeezing into spaces can be a blood pressure-raising exercise." There are no current plans to offer parking assist in the U.S. Prius; however, the feature would be offered on the 2008 Lexus LS 600h.